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Genesis 38 NKJV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 It came to pass at that time that Judah departed from his brothers, and visited a certain Adullamite whose name was Hirah. 1 At that time, Judah left his brothers and went down to stay with a man of Adullam named Hirah.
2 And Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite whose name was Shua, and he married her and went in to her. 2 There Judah met the daughter of a Canaanite man named Shua. He married her and lay with her;
3 So she conceived and bore a son, and he called his name Er. 3 she became pregnant and gave birth to a son, who was named Er.
4 She conceived again and bore a son, and she called his name Onan. 4 She conceived again and gave birth to a son and named him Onan.
5 And she conceived yet again and bore a son, and called his name Shelah. He was at Chezib when she bore him. 5 She gave birth to still another son and named him Shelah. It was at Kezib that she gave birth to him.
6 Then Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, and her name was Tamar. 6 Judah got a wife for Er, his firstborn, and her name was Tamar.
7 But Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord killed him. 7 But Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the LORD's sight; so the LORD put him to death.
8 And Judah said to Onan, "Go in to your brother's wife and marry her, and raise up an heir to your brother." 8 Then Judah said to Onan, "Lie with your brother's wife and fulfill your duty to her as a brother-in-law to produce offspring for your brother."
9 But Onan knew that the heir would not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in to his brother's wife, that he emitted on the ground, lest he should give an heir to his brother. 9 But Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so whenever he lay with his brother's wife, he spilled his semen on the ground to keep from producing offspring for his brother.
10 And the thing which he did displeased the Lord; therefore He killed him also. 10 What he did was wicked in the LORD's sight; so he put him to death also.
11 Then Judah said to Tamar his daughter-in-law, "Remain a widow in your father's house till my son Shelah is grown." For he said, "Lest he also die like his brothers." And Tamar went and dwelt in her father's house. 11 Judah then said to his daughter-in-law Tamar, "Live as a widow in your father's house until my son Shelah grows up." For he thought, "He may die too, just like his brothers." So Tamar went to live in her father's house.
12 Now in the process of time the daughter of Shua, Judah's wife, died; and Judah was comforted, and went up to his sheepshearers at Timnah, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite. 12 After a long time Judah's wife, the daughter of Shua, died. When Judah had recovered from his grief, he went up to Timnah, to the men who were shearing his sheep, and his friend Hirah the Adullamite went with him.
13 And it was told Tamar, saying, "Look, your father-in-law is going up to Timnah to shear his sheep." 13 When Tamar was told, "Your father-in-law is on his way to Timnah to shear his sheep,"
14 So she took off her widow's garments, covered herself with a veil and wrapped herself, and sat in an open place which was on the way to Timnah; for she saw that Shelah was grown, and she was not given to him as a wife. 14 she took off her widow's clothes, covered herself with a veil to disguise herself, and then sat down at the entrance to Enaim, which is on the road to Timnah. For she saw that, though Shelah had now grown up, she had not been given to him as his wife.
15 When Judah saw her, he thought she was a harlot, because she had covered her face. 15 When Judah saw her, he thought she was a prostitute, for she had covered her face.
16 Then he turned to her by the way, and said, "Please let me come in to you"; for he did not know that she was his daughter-in-law. So she said, "What will you give me, that you may come in to me?" 16 Not realizing that she was his daughter-in-law, he went over to her by the roadside and said, "Come now, let me sleep with you." "And what will you give me to sleep with you?" she asked.
17 And he said, "I will send a young goat from the flock." So she said, "Will you give me a pledge till you send it?" 17 "I'll send you a young goat from my flock," he said. "Will you give me something as a pledge until you send it?" she asked.
18 Then he said, "What pledge shall I give you?" So she said, "Your signet and cord, and your staff that is in your hand." Then he gave them to her, and went in to her, and she conceived by him. 18 He said, "What pledge should I give you?" "Your seal and its cord, and the staff in your hand," she answered. So he gave them to her and slept with her, and she became pregnant by him.
19 So she arose and went away, and laid aside her veil and put on the garments of her widowhood. 19 After she left, she took off her veil and put on her widow's clothes again.
20 And Judah sent the young goat by the hand of his friend the Adullamite, to receive his pledge from the woman's hand, but he did not find her. 20 Meanwhile Judah sent the young goat by his friend the Adullamite in order to get his pledge back from the woman, but he did not find her.
21 Then he asked the men of that place, saying, "Where is the harlot who was openly by the roadside?" And they said, "There was no harlot in this place." 21 He asked the men who lived there, "Where is the shrine prostitute who was beside the road at Enaim?" "There hasn't been any shrine prostitute here," they said.
22 So he returned to Judah and said, "I cannot find her. Also, the men of the place said there was no harlot in this place." 22 So he went back to Judah and said, "I didn't find her. Besides, the men who lived there said, 'There hasn't been any shrine prostitute here.' "
23 Then Judah said, "Let her take them for herself, lest we be shamed; for I sent this young goat and you have not found her." 23 Then Judah said, "Let her keep what she has, or we will become a laughingstock. After all, I did send her this young goat, but you didn't find her."
24 And it came to pass, about three months after, that Judah was told, saying, "Tamar your daughter-in-law has played the harlot; furthermore she is with child by harlotry." So Judah said, "Bring her out and let her be burned!" 24 About three months later Judah was told, "Your daughter-in-law Tamar is guilty of prostitution, and as a result she is now pregnant." Judah said, "Bring her out and have her burned to death!"
25 When she was brought out, she sent to her father-in-law, saying, "By the man to whom these belong, I am with child." And she said, "Please determine whose these are--the signet and cord, and staff." 25 As she was being brought out, she sent a message to her father-in-law. "I am pregnant by the man who owns these," she said. And she added, "See if you recognize whose seal and cord and staff these are."
26 So Judah acknowledged them and said, "She has been more righteous than I, because I did not give her to Shelah my son." And he never knew her again. 26 Judah recognized them and said, "She is more righteous than I, since I wouldn't give her to my son Shelah." And he did not sleep with her again.
27 Now it came to pass, at the time for giving birth, that behold, twins were in her womb. 27 When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb.
28 And so it was, when she was giving birth, that the one put out his hand; and the midwife took a scarlet thread and bound it on his hand, saying, "This one came out first." 28 As she was giving birth, one of them put out his hand; so the midwife took a scarlet thread and tied it on his wrist and said, "This one came out first."
29 Then it happened, as he drew back his hand, that his brother came out unexpectedly; and she said, "How did you break through? This breach be upon you!" Therefore his name was called Perez. 29 But when he drew back his hand, his brother came out, and she said, "So this is how you have broken out!" And he was named Perez.
30 Afterward his brother came out who had the scarlet thread on his hand. And his name was called Zerah. 30 Then his brother, who had the scarlet thread on his wrist, came out and he was given the name Zerah.